July 01, 2009

 

 Obituaries

posted June 19, 2009

 

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Mike Bracken
Dr. Bracken (MO ’72), 62, Harrison, Ark., died April 13, 2009. He owned Bracken Animal Clinic in Harrison for 35 years. Dr. Bracken served on the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Examining Board for several years. His wife, Janet, and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Hills, 501 E. Sherman, Harrison, AR 72601. 
 
Gary E. Budahn
Dr. Budahn (MIN ’75), 58, Sacramento, Calif., died April 29, 2009. An equine veterinarian, he was in practice at the Cal Expo Racetrack. Dr. Budahn was also the founder of The Gusty Stable in Rolling Hills Estate, Calif. During his career, he practiced at Hollywood Park, Los Alamitos Race Course, and Bay Meadows Racetrack. Dr. Budahn was a past president of the California Harness Horsemen’s Association and served on its board of directors for 12 years. His wife, Debra; two daughters; and a son survive him.
 
Richard J. Clement
Dr. Clement (UP ’77), 57, Potomac, Md., died Feb. 4, 2009. A diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, he owned Seven Locks Animal Hospital in Potomac. Dr. Clement was also the chief executive officer of Fertile Hemispheres Inc., manufacturers of animal health products, and served as president of the company’s Web site, www.VetPlanet.Net. Early in his career, Dr. Clement practiced at Columbia Animal Hospital in Columbia, Md. He was a member of the Montgomery County VMA and volunteered his services to the county’s humane society for more than 20 years.
 
Dr. Clement is survived by his wife, Diana, and three daughters. Memorials may be made to C&O Canal Association, P.O. Box 366, Glen Echo, MD 20812; or Montgomery County Humane Society, 14645 Rothgeb Drive, Rockville, MD 20850.
 
Charles E. Copenhaver
Dr. Copenhaver (TEX ’51), 81, Midland, Texas, died May 11, 2009. Prior to retirement, he practiced at the Magnum Animal Clinic in Houston for 43 years. Dr. Copenhaver was a member of the Texas and Harris County VMAs and a veteran of the Navy. He is survived by two daughters and a son, Dr. Charles E. Copenhaver Jr. (TEX ’81), who owns Midland Equine Practice.
 
James L. Davis
Dr. Davis (OSU ’57), 77, Parkersburg, W.Va., died March 22, 2009. He owned a small animal practice in Parkersburg for more than 30 years. During his career, Dr. Davis also practiced in West Virginia at Huntington and Williamstown, helped found the A-Vet Emergency Clinic in Parkersburg, and was instrumental in establishing the Animal Health Technician School at what is now known as Pierpont Community and Technical College.

He served on the AVMA Council on Veterinary Service from 1980-1986 and represented District IV on the AVMA Executive Board from 1989-1995. Dr. Davis was a past president of the West Virginia VMA and served on the West Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine. In 1987, he was named WVVMA Veterinarian of the Year. Dr. Davis is survived by his wife, Sally; a daughter; and two sons. Memorials may be made to the Parkersburg Community Foundation, 501 Avery St., Parkersburg, WV 26101.
 
Tracy W. French
Dr. French (PUR ’77), 57, Freeville, N.Y., died March 3, 2009. He was an associate professor and clinical pathologist in the Department of Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and a past president of the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology, Dr. French helped develop eClinPath, an online clinical pathology textbook and atlas.

His wife, Mica; a son; a daughter; and four stepsons survive him. Memorials in his name, toward a prize in clinical pathology for a veterinary student, may be sent to Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Office of Alumni Affairs and Development, Box 39, Ithaca, NY 14853.
 
Roland E. Fuhrman
Dr. Fuhrman (UP ’81), 56, Lancaster, Pa., died Feb. 20, 2009. He was the co-founder of Landisville Animal Hospital in Landisville, Pa. Dr. Fuhrman was a member of the Pennsylvania and Conestoga VMAs. Memorials toward the Roland E. Fuhrman Memorial Fund may be made to Landisville Animal Hospital, 3035 Harrisburg Pike, Landisville, PA 17538.
 
John F. Halsey
Dr. Halsey (COL ’86), 56, Wittenberg, Wis., died Jan. 28, 2009. He owned the Birnamwood Veterinary Clinic in Birnamwood, Wis. Dr. Halsey’s wife, Sherry; two sons; and a daughter survive him.
 
Thaddeus M. Howard
Dr. Howard (TEX ’53), 79, Saint Hedwig, Texas, died April 21, 2009. From 1958 until retirement in 1999, he owned San Pedro Animal Hospital in San Antonio. Earlier in his career, Dr. Howard worked for the Department of Agriculture in meat and poultry inspection. He was a member of the Texas and Bexar County VMAs. An avid botanist, Dr. Howard authored the book “Bulbs for Warm Climates” and was awarded the Herbert Medal by the International Bulb Society. He was an Army Veterinary Corps veteran of the Korean War with the rank of 1st lieutenant. Memorials may be made to Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Inc., Attn: Lynn Cunys, P.O. Box 369, Kendalia, TX 78027.
 
Cristy L. Iverson
Dr. Iverson (COL ’76), 58, Phoenix, died April 1, 2009. She practiced at Alta Vista Veterinary Hospital in Phoenix for the past four years. Dr. Iverson worked for more than 25 years at the Cortez Animal Hospital in Phoenix. Her daughter survives her. Memorials may be made to Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Shepherds Foundation, Cristy’s Memorial, 1500 W. Maryland Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85015.
 
Monte B. McCaw
Dr. McCaw (ISU ’80), 53, Raleigh, N.C., died March 28, 2009. He was an associate professor of swine virology at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Earlier in his career, Dr. McCaw practiced large animal medicine in Lake City, Iowa. His wife, Teresa, and three sons survive him. Memorials toward the Lundy-Fetterman Scholarship Endowment in support of veterinary students studying swine medicine, with the check memo line notated “In memory of Dr. McCaw,” may be made to the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation, 4700 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27606.
 
Eric R. Osterholm
Dr. Osterholm (CAL ’78), 59, Acampo, Calif., died March 30, 2009. He owned Pioneer Equine Services of Acampo. Dr. Osterholm is survived by his wife, Patti. Memorials in his name may be made to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1388, Lodi, CA 95240.
 
William E. Plummer
Dr. Plummer (AUB ’50), 84, Goldsboro, N.C., died March 28, 2009. He practiced in Goldsboro for 59 years and consulted for Goldsboro Milling Company. Dr. Plummer was a past president of the North Carolina VMA, was a member of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, and served 10 years on the admissions committee of the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He was named NCVMA Distinguished Veterinarian of the Year in 1974 and 1999, and was elected to the Wayne County Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1989.

Active in civic life, Dr. Plummer served as commissioner of the Goldsboro Housing Authority for 16 years. In 2003, he was honored by the Wayne County Historical Society and inducted in their wall of fame. Dr. Plummer’s wife, Mary; three sons; and a daughter survive him. Memorials toward the William E. Plummer Endowed Scholarship Fund, with the check memo line notated to the Dr. William E. Plummer Scholarship, may be made to North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation, 4700 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27606; or St. Paul United Methodist Church, 204 E. Chestnut St, Goldsboro, NC 27534.
 
Robert D. Ramsey
Dr. Ramsey (AUB ’66), 68, Germantown, Tenn., died March 28, 2009. He practiced in Germantown. Dr. Ramsey was a veteran of the Air Force. His wife, Dianne; a daughter; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to Mid-South Spay and Neuter Clinic, 854 Goodman St., Memphis, TN 38111; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
 
Johnie L. Reeves
Dr. Reeves (TEX ’50), 83, Austin, Texas, died April 26, 2009. He retired in 1975 as chief of veterinary services at the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine in San Antonio. Following graduation, Dr. Reeves practiced briefly in Sweetwater, Texas. As a former member of the Army Air Corps, he was called to duty in the Air Force during the Korean War.
 
During his military career, Dr. Reeves served as veterinarian and public health officer in Oklahoma and New Mexico, a laboratory veterinary officer at the Aeromedical Research Laboratory in Ohio, and a laboratory research officer and instructor at the School of Aviation Medicine in San Antonio. He also taught at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. Subsequently, Dr. Reeves directed the physiological chemistry division of the School of Aerospace Medicine, was a staff officer at Air Force Systems Command in Maryland, and served as staff officer and deputy to the assistant surgeon general for veterinary services in Washington, D.C.
 
Dr. Reeves attained the rank of colonel in the Air Force. He was a member of the American Physiological Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of Veterinary Physiologists and Pharmacologists, and the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States. In 1963, he received the Research and Development Award from the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and the AMSUS Sustaining Membership Award. Dr. Reeves was the recipient of the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal in 1970.
 
His wife, Marilyn; a daughter; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to the Austin Community Foundation, P.O. Box 5159, Austin, TX 78763.
 
Harold E. Schaden
Dr. Schaden (UP ’40), 94, Frederick, Md., died April 6, 2009. From 1942 until retirement in 1982, he owned a mixed animal practice in Frederick. Earlier in his career, Dr. Schaden worked at the Walker-Gordon Farm in Plainsboro, N.J. He was a past president of the Maryland VMA and served as its delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates from 1960-1962. Dr. Schaden was also a past member of the Maryland State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
 
Active in civic life, he was vice president of the Frederick County Board of Education and a member of the Frederick Community College’s board of trustees and the Kiwanis Club. Dr. Schaden is survived by a son and two daughters. His son, Dr. Michael E. Schaden (UP ’72), is a veterinarian in Frederick. Memorials may be made to the Harold and Anna Lee Schaden Memorial Endowment Fund, Community Foundation of Frederick, 312 E. Church St., Frederick, MD 21701.
 
Arthur E. Scheld
Dr. Scheld (COR ’63), 77, Clinton, Conn., died April 20, 2009. He was the founder of Clinton Veterinary Hospital. A member of the Connecticut VMA, Dr. Scheld served as its president in 1976. He volunteered with the Habitat for Humanity and was a member of the Clinton Historical Society. Dr. Scheld’s wife, Joan; two daughters; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to First Church of Christ Congregational, Church Road, Clinton, CT 06413; or Shoreline Church, Building Fund, P.O. Box 194, Old Saybrook, CT 06475.
 
Harry V. Sucher
Dr. Sucher (WSU ’40), 93, Yorba Linda, Calif., died April 22, 2009. During his 40-year career in California, he practiced at Sacramento for 10 years and in Garden Grove for 30. Dr. Sucher was a member of the Southern California VMA. A motorcycle historian, he wrote the histories of the Indian and Harley-Davidson motorcycles and was a member of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America. He is survived by his wife, Margery; children; and stepchildren.
 
Raymond B. Swanson Jr.
Dr. Swanson (MIN ’56), 76, Lake Elmo, Minn., died April 8, 2009. Prior to retirement in 2008, he worked for Veterinary Hospitals Association, an organization he helped found in 1984 in South St. Paul, Minn. During his career, Dr. Swanson also owned Hazel Park Veterinary Clinic in St. Paul and Oakwood Animal Hospital in Lake Elmo. He was a member of the Minnesota VMA and the Irish Setter and English Setter clubs of Minnesota, and was past secretary of the Minnesota Retired Veterinarians.
 
Active in civic life, Dr. Swanson was involved with the Washington County Agricultural Society, served as chair of the West Lakeland Planning Commission, and was a board member of the West Lakeland Chamber of Commerce. His wife, Carol; two sons; and four daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Foundation, 101 Bridgepoint Way, Suite 100, South St. Paul, MN 55075.
 
Bruce W. Ueckert
Dr. Ueckert (TEX ’62), 73, Bellville, Texas, died March 20, 2009. A member of the Harris County VMA, he practiced in the Houston area for 30 years. Dr. Ueckert was a veteran of the Navy. His wife, Jane, and two sons survive him.
 
Cecil D. Weaver
Dr. Weaver (TEX ’83), 57, Burton, Texas, died March 23, 2009. He owned Brenham Veterinary Hospital in Brenham, Texas. Dr. Weaver was a member of the Society for Theriogenology, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, and the Texas, Bluebonnet Area, and Brazos Valley VMAs. He was also a member of the Brenham Rotary Club and was involved with the Washington County Fair.
 
Dr. Weaver is survived by his wife, Kathleen, and a son. Memorials may be made to the Texas Equine Veterinary Association, P.O. Box 1038, Canyon, TX 79015; Camp For All, 10500 N.W. Freeway, Suite 220, Houston, TX 77092; or the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, 1931 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg, IL 60172.